Pumpkin Mascarpone Pie

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Serves: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

Filling
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp lemon juice (about half a lemon)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 (8 oz) container mascarpone
Salt

Whipped Cream Topping
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup mascarpone
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbs sugar
Salt

Preparation:

1. With a mixer, beat sugar and pumpkin until combined. Add all other filling ingredients, except mascarpone, and mix until smooth. Add mascarpone and mix until combined.

2. Place mixture in a prepared crust (I used a store bought graham crust). Bake on 350 degrees for about 55 minutes, until filling is set. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Allow to cool completely (at least one hour).

3. For whipped cream, combine all ingredients and beat until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Serve on top of cooled pie.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.com.

It was another one of those days where I had mascarpone (happens a lot) and no idea what to do with it. I was at the grocery store and with my handy Epicurious app looked up mascarpone. This was the first recipe that popped up and I knew I had to try it. That was a great decision. This is DELICIOUS and incredibly easy thanks to my handy dandy hand mixer. The picture is a little off because I wasn’t patient enough to let the pie cool completely but it was tasty none the less. I also realized I should have made the whipped cream right before serving because my stiff peaks became not-so-stiff after a while in the refrigerator. Again, not the prettiest thing on the planet but DELICIOUS. You should definitely try this. It’s a bit of a combination of pumpkin pie and cheesecake. It has the flavor of a cheesecake while having the consistency of pumpkin pie. That’s a pretty great combination if you ask me.

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Grits Pie

Grits Pie

Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup quick cooking grits

salt

8 tbl butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 tbl flour

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 buttermilk (I used half and half)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pie Crust

Whipped cream for garnish

Preparation:

1. Cook grits according to package instructions. Add butter and stir until melted. Cool slightly.

2. Stir sugar, flour, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in grits and pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake on 325 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Can be served warm or cold. Garnish with whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible.

As you may know, I got a Paula Deen cook book for Christmas. I found this recipe for grits pie and was immediately intrigued. Thanks to a new found love of grits from the Grillades and Grits recipe I knew I had to try this odd-sounding dessert. I made it and holy cow is it delicious. It is the perfect amount of sweetness with a wonderful texture from the grits. Plus it was incredibly easy. Paula Deen has a crust recipe, but I’m lazy and don’t like the mess so I used a pre-made crust. I also had to use two pie crusts because it was WAY too much filling for one pie. I would definitely recommend experimenting with this one and finding out just how awesome grits can be in any form.

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No-Bake Nutella Cheesecakes

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake topped with Ready Whip and Hazelnuts

Serves 4-6

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup Nutella

1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip

Ready Whip and Hazelnuts (optional)

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